John Learmonth grave monument in Greyfriars Convenanters Prison Private Cemetery, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

John Learmonth grave monument: legible names and details

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John Learmonth
1838691769first name on monument17th December 1838
Capt John Henry Learmonth
1913531860relationship not given of John Learmonth1913
John Learmonth
183141827son of John Learmonth9th May 1831
James Learmonth
183011829son of John LearmonthMarch 1830
Thomas Learmonth
183321831son of John LearmonthApril 1833
Alexander Learmonth
1867581809son of John Learmonth10th March 1867
Margaret Alexander Cleghorn
1831321799wife of John Learmonth10th November 1831


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Greyfriars Convenanters Prison Private Cemetery, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Greyfriars Convenanters Prison Private Cemetery, Edinburgh
Greyfriars Convenanters Prison Private Cemetery

Notes about Greyfriars Convenanters Prison Private Cemetery

THE COVENANTERS' PRISON Behind these gates lies part of the southern section of Greyfriars Kirkyard which was used in 1679 as a prison for over one thousand supporters of the National Covenant who had been defeated by Government forces at the battle of Bothwell Brig on 22 June. For over four months these men were held here without any shelter, each man being allowed 4 ounces of bread a day. Kindly citizens were sometimes able to give them more food. Some of the prisoners died here, some were tried and executed for treason, some escaped, and some were freed after signing a bond of loyalty to the Crown. All those who were persecuted and died for their support of the National Covenant in the reigns of Charles II and James VII are commemorated by the Martyrs' Memorial on the north-eastern wall of the kirkyard. The Covenant, which was first signed in Greyfriars Kirk in 1638, promised to defend Presbyterianism from intervention by the Crown. In November 1679 the remaining 257 men, who had been sentenced to transportation overseas, were taken to Leith and placed on board a ship bound for the American colonies; nearly all were drowned when this ship was wrecked in the Orkney islands (where there is a monument in their memory), but 48 of the prisoners survived. The section of the kirkyard used to imprison the Covenanters lay outside the existing south wall, and included the area now covered by buildings on Forrest Row. The area behind the gate was laid out for burials in 1705 and contains many fine monuments, but these did not exist at the time of the prison.

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